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Subject files, around 1899-1970

Identifier: 2

Scope and Contents

Contains the YWCA of the USA Subject File, also known as the "Central" or "Record" File. It is in 3 parts: 2a contains materials dated between 1899 and 1950 (reels 17-160), 2b contains materials dated from 1951-60 (reels 226-252), 2c contains materials dated from 1961-70 (reels 283-322).


  • around 1899-1970

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group: Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.


210 Reels

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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